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Welcome to the USGS Wyoming-Montana Water Science Center. These pages are your source for water-resource information collected and interpreted by the U.S. Geological Survey in Wyoming and Montana. Here you'll find information on Wyoming's and Montana's rivers and streams. You'll also find information about ground water, water quality, and many other topics. 

eDNA

eDNA

Environmental DNA (eDNA) is DNA that an organism leaves behind as it moves through an environment. Analyzing DNA in water samples can detect endangered species as well as invasive species and water-borne pathogens.

Montana StreamStats

Montana StreamStats

StreamStats is a Web-based geographic information system application that was created by the USGS to provide users with access to an assortment of analytical tools that are useful for water-resource planning and management.

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News

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January 12, 2017

Helpful new information for anyone designing structures over or near water, managing water distribution, or interested in the flow of local streams.

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October 14, 2015

Many grassland bird species in the Bakken shale region, including some seriously declining populations, are displaced from their habitats as a result of oil and gas development, according to new U.S. Geological Survey research.

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January 8, 2014

Low concentrations of chemicals commonly used at airports for de-icing planes were detected in samples of groundwater collected from the Snake River alluvial aquifer beneath the Jackson Hole Airport.

Publications

Year Published: 2017

Potential effects of energy development on environmental resources of the Williston Basin in Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota

The Williston Basin, which includes parts of Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota in the United States, has been a leading domestic oil and gas producing area. To better understand the potential effects of energy development on environmental resources in the Williston Basin, the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Bureau of...

Post van der Burg, Max; Vining, Kevin C.; Frankforter, Jill D.
Post van der Burg, Max, Vining, K.C., Frankforter, J.D., eds., 2017, Potential effects of energy development on environmental resources of the Williston Basin in Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2017–5070–A–D, variously paged, https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20175070.

Year Published: 2017

A review of surface energy balance models for estimating actual evapotranspiration with remote sensing at high spatiotemporal resolution over large extents

Many approaches have been developed for measuring or estimating actual evapotranspiration (ETa), and research over many years has led to the development of remote sensing methods that are reliably reproducible and effective in estimating ETa. Several remote sensing methods can be used to estimate ETa at the high spatial resolution of agricultural...

McShane, Ryan R.; Driscoll, Katelyn P.; Sando, Roy
McShane, R.R., Driscoll, K.P., and Sando, Roy, 2017, A review of surface energy balance models for estimating actual evapotranspiration with remote sensing at high spatiotemporal resolution over large extents: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2017–5087, 19 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20175087.

Year Published: 2017

Salish Kootenai College and U.S. Geological Survey partnership—Enhancing student opportunities and professional development

Salish Kootenai College (SKC), in the Flathead Reservation in the northwestern corner of Montana, is the largest of the seven Tribal colleges in the State. In 2011, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Tribal Liaison Monique Fordham from the Office of Tribal Relations/Office of Science Quality and Integrity began discussions with SKC faculty to...

Sando, Roy; Fordham, Monique
Sando, Roy, and Fordham, Monique, 2017, Salish Kootenai College and U.S. Geological Survey partnership—Enhancing student opportunities and professional development: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2017–3065, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20173065.